Source: Silver Mines Recreation Area
“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson wrote this sometime in the mid to late 1800s I believe. I came across it a couple of years ago and it came up on my radar again. In today’s world and my age I consider just waking up on the right side of the dirt as a sign that I have succeeded. If he were to write that today I really wonder what he would have said?
………This is to have succeeded. In life? Love? School? I am going to approach it as “in life.” What is success? According to Merriam-Webster, outcome result; degree or measure of succeeding; attainment of wealth, favor or eminence; one that succeeds.
I racked my little brain and I couldn’t think of anyone that I can say is breathing easier because I am alive. As far as “a redeemed social condition” I had to wrestle with this one and I am not sure I have the right idea however I think Emerson is referring to a certain social group (culturally, politically, economically, etc, really guessing here)one may have helped beat gambling addiction, alcoholism etc. in one of those groups.
To appreciate beauty. Wow, now that could be a loaded gun. I know how society seems to label beauty, usually they don’t look past the outside beauty. I am of the opinion that beauty is the whole package. One can be beautiful on the outside but so ugly on the inside. I see people that are bullied, ridiculed and treated like low class citizens because they may carry a few extra pounds, a noticeable scar, birth mark etc.. The majority of folks just seem to look at a person on the outside without finding out what their heart is made of. They could have a heart of gold and no one ever notices. Seems so sad and such a waste. If you are a person that looks at the “whole” person and not just the outer shell I truly believe that is a true sign of success and you have my utmost respect. So many people are incapable of it.
Oh my gosh , the light bulb just went off!! I thought of someone that breathes easier because I am alive. My doctor. I mean how did I overlook that. After all if I was on the other side of the dirt my doctor would lose that income. After all the money is in the treatment not the cure.
Aw, the betrayal of false friends. Now this is one that can hurt. What is that little saying going around the internet, oh yeah. The only reason some folks are alive is because I don’t want to go to prison, or something like that anyway. That can be a tough pill to swallow. There are some really cold people in the world and they don’t seem to have any problem hurting other people. I think some folks just crave the feeling. Here is another real sign of success I think. If one can truly forgive a false friend that betrayed them I think that is another true sign of success.
I don’t know if it because I am getting old and less trusting, it just seems harder and harder to find the best in others. There is so much dishonesty and hate in the world today that it is hard to trust. To find the best in others you are going to have to trust them. In the past I have recommended horse trainers. These were trainers that I thought they knew what they were doing. Boy was I wrong. I have saw what I thought was good in a lot of folks and just set myself up for a hard fall. With me it is a tough one and if it is something that I have to accomplish to have succeeded in life, I may be running a little short on making it.
Once again thank you for reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed it. I truly wish everyone a successful and prosperous life. One filled with success and good times. Spread the love!
I didn’t get on the river until around 4:30 p. m. and I knew I wouldn’t have time to do a lot of fishing. I did realize that the retreating sunlight should present some great photo ops so I began looking for those shots that would show the amazing beauty of Mother Nature.
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
My mind was working overtime and my imagination was like that of a 60s “flower child” who had taken a hallucinogenic drug. I took several pics of the rock I had named “Alien Rock” trying to capture what I was seeing in my mind. I think the above pic was the best picture to portray what I was seeing and I hope you can see it too.
To me it looks like an alien’s head slowly ascending out of the water just revealing its eyes and nostrils that had just broke the surface of the water. I imagined it rising completely out of the water revealing a body as tall as the bluffs around it.
Well, maybe I am losing it. Maybe the crazy stuff going on in the world is finally taken its toll on me. Maybe I have drank too many Jack and Cokes in my life time. Naw, one can’t drink too many Jack and Cokes. I got it, I need to quit drinking the kool-ade! That’s it!
“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” – Robert Fulghum; All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Thoughts On Common Things
Was the alien there extracting lead from underneath the river bed; after all this is part of the old lead belt, or was he looking for a McDonald’s fish filet sandwich? Maybe he is stashing green kryptonite in case he ever had a run in with Superman? Was he a game warden in disguise spying on me. Oh so many possibilities!
Hello, earth to Wayne. Well back to regular programming. Once I figured out what the alien was doing I began floating back to what the locals call the “Bone Hole” and fished as I went. I managed to catch a small largemouth and several small perch. I think the alien must have scared the fish off. Oh crap, it is getting dark. Where did that alien go? I am skeered I tells ya!
“Logic will get you from A to Z; Imagination will get you everywhere”. – Albert Einstein
I hope you enjoyed today’s blog. I am a firm believer that great artists ( painters, writers, musicians, etc.) are full of imagination. I feel it is a must to be really good at what you do. I think we need to emphasize it more than we do. One can not suffer from too much imagination; well maybe I need to rethink that one.
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My friends, things are getting wild in the world. Earthquakes, massive fires, threats of war, rioting, hurricanes, etc.. If a massive earthquake rattled our country or an EMP hit our nation and destroyed the nation’s infrastructure and you had to rely on yourself to survive do you think you would be able to do it? Would you be able to grow your own food and preserve it?
“There are two problems for our species’ survival – nuclear war and environmental catastrophe – and we’re hurtling towards them knowingly.” – Noam Chomsky
I know some of you are rolling your eyes saying the old man has lost it saying, “That ain’t ever going to happen.” I hope it doesn’t. But I would rather be safe than sorry. Oh my gosh. Just think about not being able to use your cell phone and no internet service. People will be jumping out of the windows like they did during the stock market crash of 1929. Imagine walking into the grocery store and the shelves are bare. Chaos on the streets will be rampant. TEOTWAWKI -the end of the world as we know it; so to speak.
I was lucky enough to grow up in the country. My mom and dad were avid gardeners and my mom canned the vegetables. Hunted and fished, so we always had meat in the freezer. My grandma also canned fish and meat and taught me how to save seed for the next season. We even canned sausage before the microwave.
Personally I think the schools need to add a few subjects in school such as gardening, canning and a basic survival course. This is something that would be beneficial to our children. Just think of the stories about people who got lost or their vehicle broke down and they were left stranded. What if they would have had these courses? Would the outcome have been different? I don’t know for sure however it wouldn’t have hurt.
“We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.” Isabel Allende
Fires in California and Montana destroys thousands of acres. Irma and Harvey mark the first time two Atlantic category 4 U.S. landfalls have occurred in the same year. Mexico gets hit with its strongest earthquake in a century. We have to be prepared for the unexpected.
The purpose of this blog isn’t to spread gloom and doom. It is however an attempt to encourage you to be ready for anything mother nature or governments throw at you. If you live in hurricane areas, have an escape plan worked out. Have on hand at least a 30 day supply of food and water.
Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate it very much. Again I stress the purpose of this blog isn’t to preach gloom and doom but is instead an attempt to get you to think, could I survive?
“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” – Lord Byron
Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper I have been fascinated by nature. It has always had a calming effect on me and when surrounded by it a place to think. We are lucky to have so much wilderness at our disposal so that we can experience it first hand and not have to just see it in pictures. There are some people who have never had that opportunity and I am very grateful that I have been able to enjoy it first hand.
I have been lucky enough to view nature from horseback, a kayak and backpacking. When it seemed like the world was closing in on me and I became anxious I would load my horse up and take off some where on the weekend and ride and camp out. As I would ride along the trails drinking in the beauty of nature I could feel all the negativity in my life melt away and I would become relaxed and refreshed. The effect nature had on me always amazed me. It was a natural sedative for the troubles I had bottled up inside of me.
My favorite gift of nature has to be the river. It is so easy for me to become one with the river. The water that flows between the banks makes the river and gives life to the river like the blood that runs through my veins gives me life. I am at peace with myself on the river. As I drink in the beauty of the river along with its mysteries, my spirit begins recharging itself and my soul awakens making me feel very much alive. Aggravation begins to shed itself from my mind and I feel a new tranquility surround me.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature’s sources never fail.” – John Muir
Don’t take my word for it. Take the time and go out and discover nature for yourself. Close your eyes and listen to everything around you then open your eyes and absorb all the beauty around you into your mind. You will be glad you did.
“I believe that there is a magnetism in Nature,which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” – Henry David Thoreau
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“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time? That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.” – Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
I have had some people ask me what it is that attracts me so much to Big River so for this blog I thought I would share why this river has mesmerized me with its beauty and mystique I cherish so much.
Big River begins near the summit of Johnson Mountain near the ghost town of Enough. It flows through the Missouri counties of Washington, Saint Francois and Jefferson then it empties into the Meramec River near Eureka, MO. It flows through Washington State Park, St. Francois State Park and through the Lead Belt mining district. It meanders 145 miles through the Missouri countryside. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, rock bass, longear sunfish, bluegill, channel catfish, flathead catfish and red horse suckers are some of the fish that can be found in the Big River.
“Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the river words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.” – Norman Maclean A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
I seem to always be drawn to big the Lead Belt area of the Big River. The 108 years of mining in that area took a toll on the Big River in the form of contamination by lead. There is a contamination warning on certain kinds of fish caught in the Big River. There are pipes that go into the old mines that are still in the river. I am not sure what they were used for. I was told that they were old test holes, used to pump water out of the mines and numerous other things but do not know for a fact what exactly they were used for.
I spend a lot of time camped out at night in this area. It seems to hold so much mystery within the banks of the river. Sometimes there seems to be a presence with me as I go about my night of running limb lines and sitting by the camp fire. Not an evil presence but like another presence in another dimension. Sometimes when I am running limb lines and the fog is lifting it looks like spirits rising from the mines out of the water on their way to somewhere else. Some nights it even makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. Oddly enough it is a pleasant feeling. At times I have even thought that maybe they are wanting to share their secrets with me. Maybe it is the past inhabitants of the ghost town Enough wanting to converse with me. The mystery stirs my soul deep inside hoping that one day they will share those secrets with me. One night while I was sitting by the fire I smelled cigarette smoke like someone was sitting right next to me smoking a cigarette. Am I crazy? Maybe, maybe not.
A couple other things that attract me to the Big River is the beautiful scenery and last but not least the fishing. My photos will never do the beauty of the river justice. The tall bluffs and rock formations and the lined banks of beautiful trees make the Big River a great place to float and enjoy life. If the river could talk I wonder what it would say. Would it tell me about the people that came before me, tell me about how it was before they started mining. Oh the things it could share with me.
I hope you have enjoyed my blog. I hope you find it interesting. Maybe some night you will get to camp along the banks of the Big River and you can tell me if I am crazy or not. Be kind to one another, spread the love and don’t squat with your spurs on.
“Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” – J.R.R Tolkien (The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
Congressman Steve Scalise was shot in Virginia at baseball practice. Now a video of his stance on gun control is being circulated. I came across one comment that made me realize compassion is a thing of the past. Sad thing is I know the person that made the remark. Seems their opinion is that karma visited Scalise because he fought to protect ones rights to own and carry guns.
So using that as an example let me see, does that mean the store clerk who banned guns from his establishment gets shot and killed during a robbery that Karma is responsible because he banned guns from his store?
A young girl starts to leave the house and her dad sees how revealing her clothes are and tells her to go change. She simply puts clothes over those and when she gets out of sight takes the other clothes off. As she leaves the local Quick Shop a sick individual spots her in her incredibly short skirt and her bosom revealing top and ends up raping her. Was Karma responsible for that because she didn’t listen to her father?
Then there was the case some years back of the gentleman who despised guns and was constantly fighting to end gun ownership and with the local gun range. One night while he and his wife were asleep some thugs broke into their house and tied them up and tormented them for hours. Then they untied his wife and took the husband and wife into the bedroom and the three goons took turns with his wife and made him watch. When they were done they stabbed her to death and they thought they stabbed him to death however he survived. Was this Karma showing him he shouldn’t be trying to stop gun ownership?
I hardly think that any of the above events were due to Karma and I would hope that if I ever insinuated that, I would only hope that someone would horsewhip me. I hope we haven’t become that callused.
Sad thing is that I know the person who made the comment and they are good people and it is totally out of character for them. I am in no way putting them down or trying to discredit them. No doubt there were others that thought the same way. I credit it to all the turmoil that was caused by the last election. Emotions are running high. We need to slow down and quit fueling the fire of hate and discontent in this country and make peace with each other and move on.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Teresa
Opinion : a view or judgement formed about something not necessarily based on facts or knowledge. This is another word that I have been seeing thrown around a lot out there. Yep you are entitled to your opinion however,…..wait for it………a little bit longer, ok you ready??????? SO AM I!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for reading. Be kind to one another, share the love and don’t squat with your spurs on. I had just one more thought, what if Trump is the work of Karma because liberals voted for Obama twice. LOL!
“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford\
I had posted that I was taking a seven day float on the Big River. I planned everything except my physical abilities and the water level of the river. Some time ago around the early 80’s I busted my right foot up pretty good. Doctor said about the only thing I didn’t break was my toes. He told me he had some good news and some bad news. I said lets start with the good news. He said I might walk again but if I did it would be with a cane. I said well now lay the bad news on me since you all ready PPed pretty good on my day. He said I really don’t think you will walk again. Well, he missed that one. I do have a lot of pain from time to time with it though. I didn’t expect the river to be so low and couple that with the the extra weight of supplies, there were a lot of places that I had to get out and pull the yaks. By Sunday my ankle was swollen the size of a large grapefruit so I decided to call it quits. I have all ready started working on a better plan. I failed at what I started out to do and it makes me sick.
I did manage to leave Mounts on Saturday morning around 9 am. It started out pretty well. I met some folks along the way and the day was beautiful. The back float was doing a great job. Then, then, then, BAM! The float was following right behind the yak when the current sucked into a tree and then a sudden stop. It caused the front end of my yak to go under water and then the whole yak started taking water causing a 63 year old man, who looked like a beached whale, to eject himself from his kayak. To make it worse there was an audience. I was glad to see them though. They helped me drain the kayak and get it back in the water however the tent and sleeping bag got soaked even though they were tucked into dry bags.
I am not going to accept defeat. I am all ready planning a new attempt sometime in August or September. I have to get all my supplies in one boat. I am thinking, lose the cooler and water. I am going to do some research on water filters. Secondly the only food I will carry is MREs and protein bars. That will help a lot. I am also going to have to find a good boot with support that will take the water. I really believe I will be able to do the 7 day float then.
“Some of the best lessons we learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.” – Dale Turner
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“Remember the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr
I thought the above quote was quite appropriate however I can’t speak for David and Mark. In the movie Wild Hogs four middle aged men hit the road for adventure on motorcycles. So I guess for three guys hitting the open river for 7 days in kayaks and canoe, I guess we would be called the Wild Yaks. Hopefully we wont hear banjos.
Some months back I had mentioned to them that I was going to do a seven day float on the river and they thought it was such a great idea that they wanted in, so on Saturday the Geritol Crew will begin a seven day journey down the beautiful Big River. I guess we should call it the Rice Krispies float because every time we get out of the boats you can hear snap, crackle, pop.
I hate to say it but this float trip was brought together by Facebook. Mark, David and I graduated together and were reunited by Facebook. I will let you know how many bottles of Geritol we go through. Instead of butcher, baker and Indian Chief we have, retired teacher, bails bondsman and semi-retired horseshoer. What a combination. Well with three wild sixty-three year old men unsupervised on the river, I think the bails bondsman will be most beneficial. I just hope I don’t overdose on Geritol.
I have our trip planned to cover around 6 to 8 miles a day. I hope we reach Cherokee Landing by Monday evening. Our final destination is going to be Washington State Park south of De Soto, MO. I figure it is about a forty-five mile float. I hope to get lots of pics and fish. My wish is to some day float the whole Big River and Bourbeuse River.
“Friends…they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.” – Henry David Thoreau
As our time draws closer my mind wanders back to the times in school when life was so much simpler. Then my mind rockets back to the present making me realize how much different things are today. We all seem to have a little more snow on the roof. Our step doesn’t have as much spring in it as it used to have. I know some mornings I get up and notice that the “git” in my “git along” all ready got up and left without me. Our friendship has endured a long time. I am looking forward to taking a trip down memory lane this weekend, going back to a time when you all climbed into one car and dumped all your change out to get enough gas in the car to ride around all night. Life was good.
Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed it. Be kind to one another and share the love. Don’t squat with your spurs on and God Bless you one and all.
“One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” -Bryant H McGill
Respect is a way of treating or thinking about someone or something. A person can show it by being polite, taking your hat off, standing or just agreeing to disagree and move on. Just last year some football players decided not to show their respect and knelt for the National Anthem. Freedom of Speech?
“Treat people the way you want to be treated. Talk to people the way you want to be talked to. Respect is earned not given.” – Hussein Nishah
News Flash: You don’t have to like someone to respect them. I think there are a lot of people out there who really have a problem grasping this concept. There are people who are nothing but egotistical, arseholes. I had some teachers and bosses that fell into that category but I respected them because they were good at their jobs.
Opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one. Social media seems to be an avenue where people like to voice their opinions. There is a certain group out there that believe their opinion is the only true one. They believe it so much that they won’t even give your opinion any respect, listen to it or even acknowledge it. I don’t believe I have seen so much arguing over a sitting President in my life. Folks let us quit acting like a bunch of high school kids. It isn’t worth it. Let it go. There has been times I didn’t heed my own advice and it solved nothing and just caused hard feelings. All it does is bring negativity into your world. The main stream news media is all ready doing a great job of sewing the seeds of hate and discontent we don’t need to be doing it too.
The protesters that block the highways are the ones that blow me away. They want me to respect their right to protest but they won’t respect my right to use that highway. Really? Did they ever stop to think that someone in that traffic could have a medical emergency, might be a doctor called into the hospital to save someone’s life, etc., so senseless. Look at the Ferguson riots. They couldn’t show respect to the businesses that served their community. Protesters burned them to the ground demanding respect for their cause.
Parents used to respect teachers. Some of the things I have heard from people mostly go like this, “I think the teacher has it out for Johnny”, the teacher just doesn’t understand my child, etc.. Pretty much the norm of the times. One of my clients was livid because a teacher took her daughter’s cell phone from her for texting while taking a test.
Bottom line is parents need to teach their children respect. We need to start getting along together. Thanks for reading. Be kind to one another, share the love and don’t squat with your spurs on.